It’s well-known (fact or urban myth? Murky…) that people with a Maths A-Level earn 10% more than others, and that people with degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) make more money than others. But why are these fields so poorly represented by the more organised, precise and accurate sex, who should and often do, excel in them?
Those with STEM backgrounds are also more likely to be in good health, more active in the community, and have more political sway – so where are you, girls?
Women now make up 46 per cent of the UK’s work force, but only 15.5 per cent of the STEM workforce are women (this excludes medicine, which does have a high representation of women). Just 8 per cent of engineering professionals are women.
The government is launching a campaign to encourage more girls into STEM subjects, and have vocal support from structural engineer Roma Agrawal, entrepreneur Belinda Parmar, and Physicist Dr. Melanie Windridge, to encourage and motivate female school-leavers and graduates to embrace the fields that so many of them currently perceive as ‘aggressive’, ‘boring’ or ‘male.’
Women and Equalities minister Jo Swinson hosted a meeting with experts from the academic and business sector to kick start a new focus on getting more women and girls to choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers.
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